Mr. Rostron Duckworth
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many old age pensioners in the country, drawing supplementary pensions, are willing to do gardening and similar work for which there is a demand, but are afraid that if they do so they will have to forfeit their pensions and not, when the work ceases, be able to reclaim them; and whether he will make a statement as to the extent to which these pensioners may accept such work?
§ Mr. E. Brown
An old age pensioner in receipt of a supplementary pension who gets work for which he receives more than 5s. in any week must report the amount of his earnings to the Assistance Board. Whether he can continue to draw a supplementary pension when working depends on the amount he earns, but pensioners can be fully assured that the fact that they have been working will in no way affect their right to a supplementary pension when the work ceases.